Mumbai: For the first time in the 88 overseas Tests he has played, Sachin Tendulkar must have been pleased as punch on receiving the Man of the Match (MOM) award, his 12th in Tests, at Hamilton on Saturday.

It was the first time a knock of his, the 160 in the first innings, had won him the award for a Test India had won abroad.

Tendulkar now joins Brian Lara and Ian Botham in joint fourth place for most MOM awards won in Tests. Jacques Kallis and Muttiah Muralitharan lead with 19 MOM awards.

Top MOM award winners in Tests:

1. Jacques Kallis (South Africa, 130 Tests/19), Muttiah Muralitharan (Sri Lanka, 127/19); 2. Wasim Akram (Pakistan, 104/17), Shane Warne (Australia, 145/17); 3. Ricky Ponting (Australia, 131/14), Steve Waugh (Australia, 168/14), Curtly Amrbose (West Indies, 98/14); 4. Brian Lara (West Indies, 131/12), Ian Botham (England, 102/12), Sachin Tendulkar (157/12). — Special Correspondent

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